Many of my blog buddies know how much I love ONE PIECE. If it’s about OP, I’m all about it. But that doesn’t mean that I’m blind to its faults. No, not at all. I do my best, however, to focus on its positives rather than its negatives. For example, when Episode of Sabo was announced, I almost couldn’t contain myself with excitement. I couldn’t wait to watch it. I even predicted that it was going to be the hottest release of August 2015. . .I was wrong. It was mostly good, focusing on the reunion between the 2 brothers, Luffy & Sabo, but it lacked the oomph I initially expected. Read “I Love ONE PIECE But I’m Just A Teeny-Tiny Bit Disappointed With Episode of Sabo“ for my opinions about the TV special.
December that year, ONE PIECE released another TV Special titled “Adventure in Nebulandia” (アドベンチャー オブ ネブランディア). With the underwhelming Episode of Sabo, I must confess that I didn’t look forward to Nebulandia even when my timeline was littered with trailers and promos about it. However, I’m still a ONE PIECE fan to the core so it would be big shame for me if I didn’t watch it. So I did. . .and I’m glad I did.
Rating: 😀 😀 🙂 (2.5 out of 5 grins)
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Adventure in Nebulandia is by no means the best TV special but it wasn’t bad either. The story itself is unimpressive with the Foxy Pirates making a comeback and playing a big role. I was never a big fan of Foxy and I was glad when the arc about him in the main series was over.
The Defeat of the Monster Trio & the Impressive “Cowards” of the Crew
Nebulandia starts out fairly strong, but it definitely doesn’t evoke any wow factor. What immediately surprised me is the swift capture and initial defeat of Zoro and Sanji, two of the strongest members of the Straw Hats’ Monster Trio alongside Luffy. Most of the time, it’s the monster trio who do the majority of the fighting. It’s them who save the other members and who are depended upon by the entire crew when it comes to protection. In Nebulandia, however, all 3 of them experience difficulties that take them out of commissions for awhile, forcing the crew’s “cowards” to fight and save their nakama. It’s hilarious that Zoro and Sanji are mostly useless in this special.
Go Nami! You rock!
I think that Nami is the most impressive in this special. Of course the other members fight too but it is Nami whose feelings are felt the most by the viewer, in my opinion. Just look at how she dives in, saves and carries the unconscious Luffy all by herself.
I’ll be lying if I say that the fight scenes in Nebulandia are amazing. Unfortunately, I can’t say this. The fight scenes are disappointingly pathetic and unimpressive.
The one scene that made me roll my eyes is when Luffy is defeated and appears to die. All the drama as he “dies”, when it doesn’t even look like he fought with everything he has. Another pathetic scene is when Luffy faints when it’s revealed that the bullet shot at him is blocked by Foxy’s pin. I mean, seriously? Luffy survived Impel Down and the Summit War, and he faints at a freaking bullet that didn’t even pierce him? Come on. Even a big fan of ONE PIECE like me won’t be impressed by this pathetic attempt to raise the dramatic tension.
An Antagonist You Can Sympathize With
Moving onto a more positive aspect of Nebulandia, I must praise the character of Komei as the main antagonist of this special. He isn’t very dynamic, a trait that I look for in antagonists that I like. However, the story does a great job in fleshing out his character and providing background history as to why he feels so strongly about his beliefs that all pirates are evil and must be eliminated. I admire that he doesn’t rely on physical strength alone and he hates devil fruit powers. He effectively uses his strategist skills, giving him the moniker “Great Tactician”. He believes that wisdom is the most powerful weapon above anything else. What I love the most is that he doesn’t see the Marines as the Ultimate Justice unlike other marine antagonists we have seen in the main series so far. In fact, he isn’t averse in attacking his own colleagues if he thinks that the Marines are giving too much leeway to pirates.
Overall, ONE PIECE: Adventure in Nebulandia is a good TV special. I’m unimpressed with many of its elements, but I still find it a very ONE PIECE-like story. For that alone, I’m quite satisfied with it. It doesn’t stir me as much as an OP fan, but fortunately I don’t hate it. I don’t “love” it, I just. . .like it. I just wish that there was more substance to the story and more time and effort expended on the fight scenes. I didn’t mention this above, but the music/soundtrack selection is also lacking, with a lot of silent interludes that would’ve made more interesting with the proper background music.
Would I watch this again if given the opportunity? Perhaps. I still enjoyed it, after all. Would I recommend this to others? It depends. If the person doesn’t closely follow the ONE PIECE main series, I definitely won’t recommend Nebulandia. I don’t want them to think that all OP fight scenes are as pathetic and as unimpressive as the ones in this TV special. However, if the person is a ONE PIECE fan like myself, of course I’ll recommend Nebulandia.
Have you watched ONE PIECE: Adventure in Nebulandia yet? If yes, what did you think about it? If not, do you think you’ll watch it?
ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)
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